22 days in Western US Itinerary

22 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US journey planner

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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, admire all the interesting features of Grand Loop Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Firehole Canyon Drive.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip website.

Evansville to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Evansville to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Evansville in May, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 8th (Sat), trek along Watchman Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kayenta Trail, hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, go for a walk through Paria View, then trek along Rim Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Yovimpa Point, take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Agua Canyon, and finally get great views at Farview Point.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in May; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 63°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, trek along Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally trek along Balanced Rock Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, then trek along Park Avenue Trail, then grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, and finally trek along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 76°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Randall Davey Audubon Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and then contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Santa Fe travel route planner.

You can fly from Moab to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Tuzigoot National Monument and Arizona Copper Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Huckaby Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sedona side-trips: Jerome (Jerome State Historic Park, Douglas Mansion, &more) and Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite (in Clarkdale). And it doesn't end there: trek along Brin's Mesa Trail, explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, learn about winemaking at Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, and take an in-depth tour of Sedona Heritage Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, Sedona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then stop by Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and finally take a memorable drive along Point Imperial Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, get great views at Shoshone Point, then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, and finally stroll around Indian Garden.

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You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island. On the 22nd (Sat), take a stroll through Japantown, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally examine the collection at Madame Tussauds. On the next day, stroll around Crissy Field, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, then examine the collection at Museum of Craft and Design, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours